Monday, September 12, 2005

Hurricane Names

Hurricane names are chosen from sequential letters of the alphabet. After Katrina, for example, we needed names beginning with L, M, and N. Perhaps you've been asking yourself why we didn't -- indeed, have never -- chosen these names to honor three of our greatest Americans: Larry, Moe, N'Curly?

I'll tell you why: Sexism.

My sisters claim that liking the Three Stooges is a sex-limited trait: when administering a Turing test, you can unerringly determine the sex of the person, or computer, on the other end with a single question, "Do you like the Three Stooges?"

The government isn't using these names because of deep, institutional, sexism.

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